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Copley Encourages You to Save Lives and Spread the Word About Organ Donation

September 30, 2012

MORRISVILLE, VT –Copley Hospital is pleased to be collaborating with Donate Life Vermont in an effort to encourage more Vermonters to consider becoming an organ donor and to join the online registry for organ and/or tissue donation. Vermont’s online site, www.DonateLifeVT.org, is a way for people 18 years of age and older to register their wishes to serve as an organ donor. The website also has a “frequently asked questions” section that is helpful if you are considering organ donation.

Even if you signed as an organ donor on your driver’s license, you should register online because as of right now, the Vermont DMV is not connected to the official organ donation registry. That means that those that sign the back of their license are not recognized as organ and tissue donors by the state’s registry. By enrolling online you are ensuring that your wishes regarding organ and/or tissue donation are fulfilled.

In the United States, more then 110,000 men, women and children are waiting for organ transplants with a name being added to the waiting list every 14 minutes. Amazingly, one organ and tissue donor can save or make a difference in the lives of up to 50 patients. Last year, 28,000 lives were saved thanks to organ donors and another one million people received tissue transplants. Unfortunately, while lives are being touched by generous donors, there are still thousands more that die every year waiting for a donor match that never comes.

In addition to the online registry, you should also indicate your interest in serving as an organ donor in your Advance Directive. An Advance Directive is a document you complete to provide instructions as to what actions you would wish taken in the event you no longer able to make and communicate your wishes due to illness or incapacity. You can learn more about Advance Directives at www.copleyvt.org/for-patients-and-visitors/patient-and-visitor-resources/advance-directives/.

Copley Hospital is greater Lamoille County’s non-profit community hospital and one of the area’s largest employers. It was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The National Rural Health Association (NRHA). Copley provides excellent, compassionate care in several core services, including: women’s and children’s health services, emergency services, general surgery and orthopedics, along with access to a variety of medical specialists including cardiology, oncology, sleep medicine and urology on its campus in Morrisville. Committed to fostering wellness, Copley sponsors community education opportunities, focusing primarily on diabetes, obesity, heart health, and personal safety. Last year, Copley provided more than $1 million in charitable care. Visit www.copleyvt.org or call 802-888-8888 for more information.